Health

Coca-Cola, PespiCo and Others Agree to Cap Sugar in Drinks

By Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE, Aug 22 – Seven major drinks companies including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo will limit the sugar content of drinks they sell in Singapore, as part of the city-state’s campaign to fight diabetes. Singapore is one of the first countries in Asia to target sugary drinks, bringing it in line with many Western

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Yemen Records 500,000 Cholera Cases, Nearly 2,000 Deaths

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 14 – More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease, which causes

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First Editing of Human Embryos Carried Out in U.S.

July 26 – Technology that allows alteration of genes in a human embryo has been used for the first time in the United States, according to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, which carried out the research. The OHSU research is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos

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Yemen Cholera to Spread with Rains; Oxfam Sees 600,000 Cases

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, July 21 – Yemen‘s cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing in some hotspots, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Oxfam projected the number could rise to more than 600,000 cases,

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British War Surgeon Nott Returns to Gaza to Train Doctors

By Nidal Al Mughrabi GAZA, July 12 – British war surgeon David Nott was back in the Gaza Strip this week to share with local doctors specialist knowledge he has amassed from working in conflict and disaster zones over the past quarter-century. An expert in using minimal equipment to treat patients in basic facilities, Nott

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Yemen’s Cholera Death Toll Rises to 1,500: WHO

ADEN, July 2  – The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic. Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war between a Saudi-led coalition

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The Cholera Epidemic in Yemen is Spiralling Out of Control

By Emma Batha LONDON, June 14 – A cholera epidemic raging across Yemen is spiralling out of control, with around one child falling sick every minute, an aid agency warned on Wednesday. Thousands of people could die in the coming months with up to 300,000 cases predicted, Save the Children said, adding that the infection

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Amid GCC Row, Yemen Cholera Cases Park 100,000 Mark

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 8 – The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since an outbreak began on April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The rapid spread of the disease through 19 of Yemen’s 23 governorates highlighted a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen after

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WHO Says India Reports Cases of Zika Virus

NEW DELHI, May 27 – India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance. The WHO said that on May 15 India’s health ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat. Cases were detected during testing in February and

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Nations Ill-Prepared to Battle Pandemic Diseases

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, May 25 – Most of the world is failing to invest enough money to prevent the potential global spread of disease that could kill millions of people and cripple economies, the World Bank said on Thursday. Faced with a pandemic, an unprepared planet could lose billions to trillions of dollars,

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